Tricky conditions

PUBLISHED: 14:23 22 February 2012

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HONITON - The penultimate Sunday and still the Sun Am leagues couldn't be tighter, writes Andy Wagner.

In fact a quick check of the boards revealed that only Steve Charlton and Richard Beard are guaranteed a place in the knock out stages, having achieved five straight wins. The rest will have to play out the last round and look at it after that. This year has got to have been the tightest year ever!

Tuesday Mixed players must sometimes wonder why they carry so many clubs in their bags - this week’s competition was four clubs and a putter Greensomes Stableford and the scores were as good as when players have a full bag! Sixteen members played and the winners, with 41pts, were Linda Northover and Paul Ritchie. Second, with 40pts, were Maureen McIllvean and Andy Sharland.

Ladies Section - In a field of 34 players, no-one could catch winning pair Henrietta Bradshaw and Tricia Swindell who romped home, way out front, with a score of 36 points in this week's treble six competition.

Jackie Seager and Chris Pearce made 2nd place with 31 points, while Maureen McIlvean and Gill Johnson were close behind on 30 points. Chris Luttman and Maris Dart came in fourth with 27 points, beating Sue Ritchie and Linda Northover into fifth on countback

Seniors Section - For the first time in weeks the pins were on the putting greens for the Seniors Pairs Stableford event on Friday and this played into the hands of Vic Wood and Paul Ritchie who came in winners with 44 points.

Paul did pay for his success though: he was given a red card and suffers a one shot reduction in his winter handicap thanks to a previous win.

The next three places were decided over the back nine as three pairs came in with 43 points. They were Stan Squire and Trevor Bradley, Norman Fleet and David Morgan, Robin Mitchell and Peter Dart. The last prize position was taken by Roger Risdon and Steve Blundell.

AXE CLIFF - Last Sunday the Main Club competed to see who would represent Axe Cliff in the Daily Mail Foursomes competition, writes Janet Dack.

and the winners were Geoff Greenslade (16) and Paul Curtin (10) with a nett 69. Luckily they have a bye for the next round.

The seniors’ golf was called off due to bad weather.

Last Wednesday, the ladies of Axe Cliff enjoyed a yellow ball competition in pleasant weather conditions - played in threes in a Stableford format with the yellow ball receiving double points.

The winning trio, with 75 points, were Alison Cook, Margaret Brown and Helen Gaudie.

Last Monday the Ladies and Seniors got together for an enjoyable Stableford.

The winning pair were Glenda Board and Tony Strong. Second place went to Hazel Williamson and Iain Bain, beating Sandra Walker and Rob Grove on the back nine.


LYME REGIS - The forecast rain held off just long enough for the completion of the Junior Section of the club monthly Stableford on Saturday. With a brisk cold wind blowing but fairways giving more run than of late, the greens were still a little unpredictable due to the winter maintanance work and conditions were a little challenging to say the least. However some good scores were carded. In first place, with an excellent 41 points, was Cameron Moss (18). Second with 36 was Daniel Collyer (39) with third place being taken by Lewis Gibbons (32) with 29 points.

The club February Stableford took place on Sunday. With a very strong biting northerly wind blowing play was tricky. However this did not prevent the better pllyers from carding some good scores. In first place in division one was Tim Daniel (10) with 41 points. In second was Johnny Ebdon (5) with 37 points closely followed by P Beviss (6) with 36 points. Division two was won by S Hornby (16) with 38 points followed by Ian Lyon (21) with 36 points and Peter Locke (17) with 35 points.

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